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johnnyVDO Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
Some of my customers have been demanding BD disks and I need to either jump ship to Windows or find a bluray recorder that will work with Toast, BECAUSE DVD STUPIDOLD PRO DOES NOT SUPPORT BLURAY.

Should I buy an external firewire or USB burner or stick an internal burner in? Will Toast work with 2 hour .mov's?

What brands/model #'s do you suggest? Vendors?

Thanks!

MacPro 8 core, Mac OS X (10.5.8), FCS3
  • Smokerz Level 6 Level 6 (9,410 points)
    LG blu ray works fine in a mac pro. itunes, Toast8 or higher. its bootable also. Also if you place the LG in a Nexstar DX external 5.25 case it works fine.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    MacSales has internal/external and lists Pioneer though I found newer model on Amazon for slightly less. So that is what I am about to order.
  • Casper_Cdn Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Are there any issues installing the blue ray in the Pro? Any OS X quirks?
  • Robert Rogers Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    I have had LG Blu Ray in my Mac Pro early 2009 since I got it with no issues at all. I will not play commercial Blu Rays unless you Boot to Windows via Boot Camp and you have an intel mac. I have taken HD movies I made and put on IMovie and recorded them in HD using Toast on OSX using AVCHD format and it plays on the Mac as well as my home Blu Ray.
  • Chris@MC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have read (on OWC website) that you should set the System Preferences (Energy Saver) to not allow the hard drives to sleep. This certainly applies to the Pioneer BDR-205. If the Mac puts it to sleep, it does not wake up again. Incidentally, I discovered this is a good reason not to use this drive to install the O/S. If you aren't there to respond to a prompt the drive goes to sleep and the installation cannot be continued.

    But, once everything is installed, and the above System Preference is set correctly, it works fine.
  • Smokerz Level 6 Level 6 (9,410 points)
    LG ....no install issues...just connect normally. OSX issues...not with Snow Leopard but Leopard will give a blue screen after a clean Leopard install and the initial reboot. Other than that once Leopard is booted then every thing is fine. I just prefer Snow Leopard over Leopard for these types of compatibility situations.
  • jamesfromhomestead Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having a heck of a time getting LG Blu Ray BH10 in a Nexstar DX enclosure to work. 

     

      Model Identifier:          iMac10,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          3.06 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          3 MB

      Memory:          4 GB

      Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM101.00CC.B00

      SMC Version (system):          1.52f9

     

    Any hints?

  • m99 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Smokerz:  Which LG blu-ray drive to you have?  I have the CH10LS20 on my PC and want to move it to a Mac Pro.  I don't think it came with Mac drivers.  Where did you get the drivers?

     

    thanks

    michael

  • TomWheel Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)

    I have an LG WH10LS30 external Blu-ray disk drive/burner purchased from OWC.  I have it hooked to my Mac Pro 3.1 via FW800, but it also works fine under eSATA.  It works perfectly under both Snow Leopard and now Lion.  I did not have to install any drivers to get the LG Blu-ray drive to work.

     

    Tom

  • Ronin_D Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I successfully installed an internal Pioneer BD-RW (BDR-206D) I bought from OWC in a early 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) using a SATA cable running Snow Leapord. With Toast it worked perfectly. I burned 30 disks so far without a single problem...but then I installed Lion and it all went to ****.

    The kinds folks at OWC tried everything to help me (which was awefully nice considering it's not thier problem Lion messed up what was already working). In the end, I had to pull out the ATA and power cable from my SuperDrive. Now it kinda works. I'm getting the same "disk not supported" error window every now and then when I try to eject the drive. I tried turning off the Energy Saver for harddrives as suggested above to see if that helps. So far the drive works without errors. Toast sees the drive so I will order another stack of Blu-rays to test it. It can read the disks I previous wrote just fine.

     

    I'm not sure what the problem is. Both devices are shown in the Device Tree. I guess unless a fix is found, I will just sell the SuperDrive on eBay as I can't use it with the Pioneer Blu-ray burner.

     

    For those of you having problems who own a 2008 Mac Pro and drive and connect it using SATA cable, the solutions so far is to lose the SuperDrive and turn off the "put harddrive to sleep" under the Energy Saver.

  • m99 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks Tom ....

    There doesn't seem to be any documented (official) support for Blu-ray.  My Blu-ray drive is on my pc but I want it on the mac.  I'll try it.

     

    michael

  • Ronin_D Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just a quick follow-up to my post, OWC sent me this email. Since everything is working fine with the SuperDrive disconnected, I will try this at a later date. But I thought this may be of help to anyone running into the same problem I had.

     

    This is why I love OWC. As stated before, this really isn't their problem as the product they sold me worked prefectly before Lion and have had so long it can't be returned...but yet they continue to try and work with me to find a solution. All this with reasonable prices on their products.

     

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    If all your optical drives aren't showing up correctly, there's a simple fix that may work. First, you'll want to navigate to User/Library/Preferences and locate com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist. When you find that, please drag it to the trash, then empty the trash. After that, simply restart the computer. The OS will be forced to re-create the preferences for optical drives, and it should then get the correct information for both drives. I've seen similar things happen with optical drives before, and this tends to fix those problems.

     

    Now if that doesn't fully resolve the issues you're having, I recommend resetting your computer's SMC and PRAM:

     

    SMC: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964

    PRAM: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379

     

    The Pioneer BDR-206 is just as compatible with Lion as it is with Snow Leopard, so it isn't a base compatibility problem. I believe that one of the above solutions will fix this, but if you are still experiencing problems after trying my suggestions, please let me know and we will work from there.\

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  • peterfromnaperville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Had the same problem with Lion not recognizing my Pioneer BDR-206 optical drive, while it worked flawlessly with Snow Leopard.  The fantastic phone support at OWC worked through the problem.  (Thanks!!)  Deleting com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist did not work. But this may have not worked since I did not have the latest firmware

    FW 1.05.  Pioneer only has a windows based firmware installer.  So I reset my PRAM http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379 . Booted into bootcamp by letting go of Command + P + R but still holding option after the 3rd chime.  Found the firmware download at http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Professional/Computer-Drives/BDR-206 .  Installed it.  Shut down windows, restarted Lion, and my BDR-206 is recognized again.

  • boirun03 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    By following this advice I was able to get the BDR-206 working properly. I use Toast 11 mainly for Blu-Ray and it now works as expected.

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